Recolonization at Coe College!

I enjoy spending time at the airport for several reasons. Besides the people-watching and seeing planes take off, it gives me the chance to reflect on my trip and mentally transition to the next place I’m headed. Today, I was thinking about my experience at Coe College in Cedar Rapids Iowa, where I spent the last week and a half. We were given the opportunity to recolonize our Pi Chapter, a single-letter chapter (one of the first!), which was founded in 1917 and closed in the 60s. Being on the recolonization team was an incredible chance to be a part of Alpha Gamma Delta history that I definitely won’t forget.

Coe College is a private liberal arts college with around 1,400 students, located near downtown Cedar Rapids and across the freeway from the Post and Quaker Oats Factories, which gave us a different scent of cereal every day (there definitely could be worse smells!). We spent the week recruiting on campus by tabling in front of the cafeteria, meeting women for coffee, and even going door-to-door in their dorms! Other than the slightly chilly weather (30s and 40s most days), it was a great experience and we got to know many of the intelligent and well-rounded students at Coe. This weekend, we completed our interview process and welcomed an amazing group of new members to Alpha Gam (see pictures below!). I feel privileged to be a part of the team that offers membership to such impressive women and hope I get to be a part of more colonization efforts in the future. 🙂

One memory I will always cherish is from the alumnae event that we hosted this weekend. Though Pi Chapter has been closed for over 50 years, they have kept the Pi Alumnae Chapter alive and have connected Alpha Gams from all over the country in the Cedar Rapids area. As you can imagine, recolonizing our chapter at Coe meant a great deal to the alumnae members who initiated into the original chapter, so emotions were running high at our event when they got to hear about the women we were about to offer bids to. I had the privilege of connecting with Alicia, one of our alumna members from Pi Chapter who was brought to tears at the thought of the chapter coming back to Coe. Alicia told me all about her days as a collegian in the 50s, her career as a CPA, and how much Alpha Gam means to her. She has lived in Cedar Rapids her entire life and said she never thought she would live to see the day that Pi Chapter would be active again. Hearing her story and knowing that over 60 years of her life has been dedicated to volunteering for the Fraternity was powerful, to say the least.

On the other end of the spectrum, I also was able to see Kallen, an Alpha Gam from Iowa State who was my roommate at interview weekend for this job last year, which was awesome! She is now in grad school in Wisconsin getting her Master’s degree in Public Health and is doing great things while following her passion. Katelyn (another consultant) and I loved being able to catch up with Kallen and it truly shows the connection we all have even after being separated for over a year. It was such a great reunion and I’m so glad she was able to come to our alumnae event!

I have included some pictures from this visit below! Back to USC before visiting a few other California chapters this semester. 🙂

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Tabling on campus!

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There are so many huge squirrels at Coe! I also made a snowball out of the little snow that was left on the ground 🙂

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Some of us during interview weekend!

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Mini reunion with Kallen!

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Bid Day with some of our International Council!

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Bid Day was awesome and we had lots of support from the Panhellenic community!

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